The massive sandstorm that has ravaged the Canary Islands has disrupted air traffic for the second day in a row, reports Spanish air traffic control on Twitter. Air traffic has been suspended until further notice.
Aircraft currently hanging above the airports in Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Tenerife and Gran Canaria may still land. No more aircraft are allowed to leave and on Flightradar you can see various flights that had to turn halfway.
The authorities are of the opinion that the strong wind, in combination with the flying sand, provide insufficient visibility and speak of an unsafe situation.
According to Weerplaza, sand storms such as the current ones are not unique to the island group. "They occur a few times a year," the weather agency said. The Spanish meteorological agency predicts that the sandstorm will certainly last until Monday.
Hace unos minutos. La plataforma del aeropuerto de #GranCanaria llena de aviones y con visibilidad reduida por calima. #SafetyFirst #PacienciaAvatar
Airports closed for a second time in 24 hours
The airports also closed for a few hours on Saturday due to the sandstorm, which the locals call 'the Calima'. Sand and dust then arrive from the Sahara in the air above the Spanish island group.
According to Dutchman Willem Derksen, who lives in Gran Canaria, the sandstorm on Sunday seems "worse than Saturday". Wind speeds of 100 to 120 kilometers per hour would be measured. Residents are advised to keep windows and doors closed, while daily life is largely shut down.